CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — At least 10 dead swine were discovered floating in a creek in Barangay Tikay in this city Friday (Sept. 13)
Baby Bulaong, a resident in the area confirmed to mediamen that she saw several dead swine of different ages floating in the creek and doesn’t know where it came from.
Another resident Serry Dionisio is appealing to swine raisers not to throw dead livestock in the creek since this may cause health problems to residents in the area and worse spread the disease of the dead animals to other backyard livestock growers in Malolos or worse in the different parts of the province.
The residents reported the matter to barangay officials and eventually gathered the dead pig and buried it.
On the other hand, Voltaire Basinang provincial veterinarian of Bulacan when asked on the incident could only reply that the dead swine in Barangay Tikay in Malolos was already reported to the regional office of the Department of Agriculture who have already sent a team to investigate it.
He has not been replying either on inquiries about the reported sick swine that are said to undergo depopulation in several barangays in Plaridel and Malolos nor on the 1-7-10 radius principle on quarantine and depopulation.
Instead, Basinang referred all inquiries about the swine disease quarantine, depopulation and course of actions to Bureau of Animal Industry executive director Ronnie Domingo who he said is the official spokesperson for the swine diseases in Bulacan.
However, Domingo doesn’t reply to inquiries sent to him in text messages on the cellular phone number provided by Basinang and Maricel Cruz, provincial information officer of Bulacan.
It is not also clear if there is an ASF task force operating in Bulacan as there appears to be a news blackout on the issue. (RONDA Balita Online News)